Pope to Church: Cheer Up
Francis praises Benedict, warns against pessimism in address to cardinals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 10:08 AM CDT
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, March 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

(Newser) – Pope Francis praised his predecessor in a meeting with his cardinals today, and told them, essentially, to keep their happy faces on. "Let us not give in to pessimism, to that bitterness that the devil offers us every day," he said, perhaps a veiled reference to the Church's recent scandals. He said Benedict had "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts."

But perhaps more significant than what he said was how he said it. He addressed the crowd as "Brother Cardinals" rather than the usual "Lord Cardinals," the New York Times observes, and Reuters adds that he ad-libbed frequent asides to his prepared text, in the latest signs that he's a decidedly less formal pope than Benedict. Officials also add that when he takes meals with the cardinals, he sits in whatever seat is open. In other papal news:

  • The meeting with the cardinals was aired on Vatican TV, CNN reports, and it gave Francis his first opportunity to address the cardinals 80 and older who couldn't vote at the conclave.
  • Yesterday, he gave his first Mass, urging Catholics to remember their mission. "If we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong," he said, according to Reuters. "We would become a compassionate NGO and not a church which is the bride of Christ."
  • Quirky pope fact: Francis is a major soccer fan, the Times reports. His hometown team: San Lorenzo de Almagro, which was founded by a priest, has the nickname Los Santos (the Saints), and even has a small chapel attached to the stadium.

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Mar 15, 2013 10:33 PM CDT
*CHURCH* to pope...SHUT UP and phuk off...you idol worshipping figure of nothingness !! You ain' sh*t and I don't care to *kiss your ring* You are a co-conspiritor to all of your child-molesting,boy-raping,money-grubbing perverts and you , quite frankly SUCK guanchie !! Go Away PLEEEEEse !!!!
Mar 15, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Pope Francis means thrift, no official conceit, academic and enterprising. We like to see Pope Francis how he manages the worldwide Catholic real-estates, properities of Catholic churches, Catholic colleges/universities; how a Latino Pope Francis leads the new world of youth generation(s). In Texas, Governor RICK PERRY leadership has developed an one straight Dragon, from the dragon's head of kindergarten to the dragon's tail of pre-college (Grade 13th) for vocational education in order to help the continuous education for the Latino (blacks) dropouts. Already what Pope Francis in his mind. In Hong Kong, the Cantonese Catholics and American Catholics (church) are waiting for Pope Francis to give order to go ahead to upgrade the St. Mary's high school forward to 4-year St. Mary's University, the campus will be remodeled, rebuilt and located at the 124-1xx Chatham Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong where is Vatican's real-estate of Catholic school campus in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Can the old Pope Francis deliver his goal during his term ?
Mar 15, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
Where would Catholics be without the devil? I had a buddy of mine invoke the devil the other day and I couldn't believe he believed in that myth.